About us

Who We Are?

Essential Rehab has provided injury prevention, injury management and health education interventions on a corporate and individual basis throughout Queensland successfully since early 2008. Essential Rehab is a member of WorkCover Queensland’s Return to Work Services Provider Panel and provides work specific interventions and workplace health solutions throughout the Queensland workforce assisting workers and employers and insurance companies to negotiate the return to work process and to reduce risk of injury, particularly for roles that are physically demanding, involve a repetitive processes or have poor ergonomic set up placing strain on the body.

Peta James, founder and director at Essential Rehab, is a registered Occupational Therapist with a background in Human Movement Studies and Teaching.  Peta’s passion for health and wellbeing and her love of a challenge to assisting someone to return to work and gain independence, let her to Vocational Rehabilitation and resulted in her starting to build the Essential Rehab team.  Our focus as a team is to care, learn, share and support each other and our clients to achieve a healthy and better functioning self and ultimately a healthier Queensland Workforce.

Essential Rehab utilises the skills of a variety of allied health professionals including Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Exercise Physiology, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, along with Vocational Counsellors and Career Advisers.  Essential Rehab team pride themselves on our level of communication with all key stakeholders throughout the duration of a return to work program or project being performed.

What We Do?

Services provided by the Essential Rehab team aim to assist with the reduction of injury incidence at workplaces through education, risk assessment and problem solving to reduce risk exposure through review of individual and equipment function, ergonomics, techniques, equipment, work flow, and much more.  Essential Rehab consultants are trained to assess the current Job Demands and identified any risks and implement functional theory and hands on training including use of appropriate ergonomic practises, manual handling postures and techniques, and the provision of stretches and exercises to improve body function and task technique in order to reduce potential injuries.

Essential Rehab offers onsite hands on treatment aiming to attend to possible injuries before they become a WorkCover claim thus reducing total numbers of claims onsite and providing early treatment to injuries and soreness experienced by workers on a regular basis.  Essential Rehab can assist with the development of programs and tools such as pre-employment screening to further assist companies/employers to ensure that they are not placing their potential employees at risk while also reducing potential onsite injuries by ensuring their employees are physically suited to the work required to be performed.

Essential Rehab Service Areas: 

Essential Rehab is based and services South East Queensland and surrounds (including Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Ipswich and Toowoomba), with regular services provided to the Far North Queensland Region (including Cairns, Innisfail, Tablelands and surrounds).  Essential Rehab, via our net work of health providers and therapists available Australia wide, we have the capacity to provide services on a consultancy basis throughout greater Queensland, and ultimately Australia wide.  Allowing us to provide a broad spectrum of services, while also playing our part to service regional, rural and remote areas.

Health Provider Achievement Awards

Peta James (Founder and Director) was nominated and a finalist for the Individual Health Provider Award at the 2011 Queensland Return to work Awards. This event celebrates the achievements of injured workers in Queensland who get back to work, along with the employers, case managers, rehabilitation and return to work coordinators and health providers who work tirelessly to help them reach their goals.